Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism: Quests, Scholarship and Ideology

James Crossley’s long awaited volume which serves as something of a follow-up to his earlier ‘Jesus in an Age of Terror‘ has been sent for review courtesy the great folk at Equinox.

Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism analyses the ideology underpinning scholarly and popular quests for the historical Jesus in a neoliberal age. The book focus is cultural and political concerns, notably postmodernism, multiculturalism and liberal masking of power. The study explores a range of issues: the dubious periodisation of the quest for the historical Jesus; “biblioblogging”; Jesus the “Great Man” and western individualism; image-conscious Jesus scholarship; the “Jewishness” of Jesus and the multicultural Other; evangelical and “mythical” Jesuses; and the contradictions between personal beliefs and dominant ideological trends in the construction of historical Jesuses.

As he notes in the Pre(r)amble (!) I saw this fantastic volume in the earliest stages of its existence and have been anticipating its publication since.  My review is available here.


2 thoughts on “Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism: Quests, Scholarship and Ideology

  1. N.T. Wrong 8 Jul 2012 at 6:07 am

    This is certainly at the top of my summer reading list.


  2. Zachery Oliver 9 Jul 2012 at 1:15 am

    True enough. Nice to know there’s a work discussing the status quo of the ivory tower out there. I’ll be sure to get it!


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